Bain, Jonathan (2009) Motivating Structural Realist Interpretations of Spacetime. In:  Metaphysics of Science (Melbourne, July 2-5, 2009).
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Motivated by examples from general relativity and Newtonian gravitation, this essay attempts to distinguish between the dynamical structure associated with a theory in physics, and its kinematical structure. This enables a distinction to be made between a structural realist interpretation of a theory based on its dynamical structure, and a structural realist interpretation of spacetime, as described by a theory, based on its kinematical structure. I offer category-theoretic formulations of dynamical and kinematical structure and indicate the extent to which such formulations deflect recent criticism of the radical ontic structural realist's conception of structure as "relations devoid of relata".
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|Item Type:||Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)|
|Keywords:||structural realism, spacetime, category theory|
|Subjects:||Specific Sciences > Physics > Relativity Theory|
Specific Sciences > Physics
General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
|Conferences and Volumes:|| Metaphysics of Science (Melbourne, July 2-5, 2009)|
|Depositing User:||Jonathan Bain|
|Date Deposited:||27 Jun 2009|
|Last Modified:||07 Oct 2010 11:18|
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